Thursday, January 24, 2013
Forbes: As IRS Tax Filing Season Begins, There's Bad News For Honest Taxpayers, by Janet Novack:
With this year’s tax filing season set to begin in a week, there are ominous signs for honest folks who want to complete their 1040s and pay what they owe (not more or less) with a minimum of hassle.
Customer service at the IRS is dismal and deteriorating. ... The epidemic of identity theft refund fraud hasn’t yet been contained. Hope for a major reform that might simplify the tax code is waning. And last Friday a federal judge issued a permanent injunction blocking an IRS plan to regulate and enforce some minimum competency and continuing education requirements on hundreds of thousands of currently unregulated paid tax preparers.